I have a Nissan X-Terra SUV. It’s a 2001 with 92,000 miles on the odometer, but the engine has just 50,000 (to make a long story short: Nissan dealership screwed up and ruined the original engine, they installed new long-block 6 cylinder Nissan engine).
I know that I need rear brakes and the usual oil, fluids, alignment, and tire rotation stuff done . . . I also know that a Nissan dealer will ream me royally for every belt/spark plug/hourly labor stuff they can get away with “finding.” I have a good indie mechanic, but I don’t want to give him free rein and end up paying for stuff I don’t really need done now.
So, what should I ask to have done, with 50k on the engine? The vehicle runs really well, no scary noises or changes in power, etc. Do I do the usual maintenance and put a few thousand in savings to take care of things as they go wrong?